Clothes shopping – the trials of being petite

For the most part, I like being small.

I can get away with most things because people think I’m cute; I can wear heels whenever I want without fear of towering over my hubby-to-be; and I never have to worry about hitting my head on low ceilings!

However, shopping for clothes can be a real nightmare and I often find myself in changing rooms with dresses designed to end at the knee trailing down near my ankles.

If you too are a tiny tiny person and have experience the same issues as me then fear not my friend! The High Street is becoming sympathetic to our plight and there is more choice for us petite beings then ever before!

I’ve rounded up a few shops that I think are particularly good for petite ranges as well as some of my favourite items at the moment.


Topshop have been selling petite clothing for as long as I can remember and without a doubt have the best choice of jeans for us shorties. They come in a range of different leg lengths and waist width so there is always something for everyone!

Jeans aside, some of my personal favourite items can be seen below:

I have actually bought the zebra print dress on the right but haven’t had an opportunity to wear it yet.

I love the acidity of the skirt which adds a pop of colour to any dreary March day!


Coming from the same family as Topshop, Miss Selfridge also have an established petite range. I have bought a number of outfits from them and one particular favourite was a bright orange skirt which looks fabulous paired with a bardot top and a tan!

My current favourite items:

I adore how smart the shorts are which can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

The playsuit is summery and fun and is the perfect outfit to wear for BBQ’s with friends or even a first date.


Again, another shop in the same family as the Topshop franchise. I would personally say that this range is slightly more reasonably priced and very often has a decent sale on.

I really like the simplicity of their petite range and often head their for some basic, staple items.

Now, the bridesmaid dress is obviously not for me but for any of you ladies getting married in the summer trying to find a dress for your petite friend, Dorothy Perkins do some great ranges, often with the same dresses coming in different body types so that you can cater for all different shapes and sizes.

The white, linen shirt is a basic wardrobe must-have as the days get slightly warmer. I have a similar shirt in a pale blue and I loved wearing it in late spring.


Probably one of the largest petite ranges I have seen to date. Not only that but they have a small selection of other store ranges available on their website so in some cases this could be your one-stop shop for your petite needs at that specific moment in time.

As ASOS only trades online you will need to try on the items at home, however, they do free returns so if you aren’t sure, then you can buy a number of items and send back what doesn’t fit / doesn’t look right.

I’m going to come out and say it…….

…..mustard doesn’t suit me and I’m devastated! I love the colour very much but on me it just looks terrible. However, who am I to deny everyone else this fabulous mustard dress that is a little ray of sunshine in it’s own right!

I have literally just ordered the jumpsuit which should be with me on Tuesday so I’ll be able to show you what it looks like on (provided it fits of course!)


Now, as far as I’m aware, River Island’s petite range is probably one of the newest I have found so far but I can honestly say I am extremely impressed with their range.

I love how pretty and feminine both of these items are. The cami would look lovely under a dark blazer paired with skinny jeans.

I would personally wear a simple, neutral vest top under the sheer shirt but if you’re braver then me then you could take your cue from the model and wear with a flesh coloured bra.


If you’re after a lovely petite range on a bit of a budget I highly recommend New Look’s petite collection. Whilst their range in still relatively new in the grand scheme of things, it has something for everyone and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

I have completely fallen in love with this black skirt and if I didn’t already have far too much black in my wardrobe already I would be buying it like a shot.

The jeans aren’t normally my style but I really like how they have suggested wearing them. Watch this space………


I am relatively new to Quiz in general but their petite range (particularly for special occasions) is outstanding!

I bought a lovely rose gold dress from here for my company awards dinner. Sadly I was so busy rushing around I didn’t manage to get a photo.

THIS is the dress I bought for the dinner. Although it looks much darker on the screen then in the flesh!

I also like the pretty navy wrap top which pulls in at the waist to create a flattering hourglass!



Chi Chi London seems to have come to the market in full force with a lovely range of items in general. Their style and cut is quite distinct and I can normally identify a Chi Chi London item of clothing when I see it.

I love the bold colours of both these items of clothing! I know what you’re thinking, ‘shes chosen a mustard item again!’ but I completely love how unique this jumpsuit is. Perfect for those wanting to stand out from the crowd (if only to avoid being trampled!)

Well, that’s all for now folks! I never thought I would be in a situation where there are more petite ranges then I can get down on one page!

Happily there are a few more stores (both online and on the high street) that have a very good petite range. However, I have either not bought anything from them or seen them for myself so I wouldn’t think it was fair to review them properly.

I would love to hear your experiences and recommendations for petite collections!

Happy Shopping!

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